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James Foley, journalist killed in Iraq was UMass Amherst graduate

James Wright Foley (UMass) James Wright Foley (UMass)

People across America and around the world are reacting to the killing of journalist James Wright Foley, a graduate of UMass Amherst.

A gruesome video released by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL or ISIS, on Tuesday shows the brutal killing, which was retaliation for recent U.S. air strikes in northern Iraq. Foley had been held captive for 635 days.

Foley, 40, a native of Rochester, New Hampshire, obtained a master's degree at UMass in 2003.

UMass spokesperson Ed Blaguszewski released the following statement Wednesday morning:

"The reported death of American journalist James Foley, a University of Massachusetts Amherst alumnus, brings great sorrow and grief to the university community.

Foley is remembered as a courageous journalist who spent his time reporting stories from some of the world's most dangerous places. He was abducted while on a reporting trip in northern Syria in November 2012, and reports indicate he has been killed by Islamic extremists operating in Iraq and Syria.

Foley, whose home state is New Hampshire, is a 2003 graduate of the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at UMass Amherst. The UMass community offers heartfelt wishes of support and healing to his family and friends in this most difficult time."

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